I am happy to say our little farm is very fortunate and weathered tropical storm Irene just fine. The winds did bring down some branches as well as some older trees at the back of our property. A few power lines were down on our street, but amazingly no flooding occurred in the local area. On our farm, all the rains flowed down our swales and berms orderly. Our sump filled up quickly but also quickly drained back out. Power was restored last evening. We were only out for 3 days and had the blessings of a working generator. I have never been so excited to do laundry.
The weather has been just perfect since the storm left New England, sunny and dry air. I am soooooo grateful that there are no frozen pipes to worry about, no repairs to make, no snow to shovel, and no ice on the roads.
To prepare for the storm we had tightened down the kwanza hut and woodshed, filled up the generator and gotten more gas for it. In the event that the generator wouldn’t work, our town allows farmers to get water for livestock from the outside spicket at the town office building. How good is that? We closed up the awning doors of the barn, shut the barn windows, dragged the large hay feeder into the barn, and tarped up the gates, leaving the usual 2 gates open. We knew the alpacas wouldn’t venture out during the storm, but it’s important that they don’t feel closed in.
The alpacas spent most of the time cushed in the openings watching the storm, calmly chewing their cud. They ate hay without so much as a fuss at their herdmates. Clearly I was more stressed about them than they were! Sunday afternoon, with the winds still blowing strongly but only a gentle rain, my usually wimpy alpacas all went out to graze. When we saw that we knew the worst was over and that all was well.